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It’s Been A While…

Since I had an iced latte from Starbucks…

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Since I’ve had pants that aren’t too big

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Since I saw raindrops on my windshield…

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Since it’s been under 95 degrees in the middle of the afternoon…

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Since I’ve been on the treadmill (okay, only a few days)…

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But not since we had tacos!!!

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This was my Saturday, hope yours has been fantastic as well!

 

Amber

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Orientate Me!

Today was orientation day at my new job! It went well: overview of the company culture, the basic safety stuff, tour of the store, met 200 people whose names I won’t remember so thank goodness everyone wears name tags… Speaking of name tags, I got mine! 🙂 It has my name and then Assistant Mgr–pretty standard name tag stuff, but its exciting! haha

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t rushed or running late this morning so that I wouldn’t have that added stress with the first day jitters, so last night I prepped my lunch.

I had my new favorite made-at-home salad: spinach with grilled chicken breast seasoned with Nature’s Seasoning, dried onions, and Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.

Delicious!

I also packed an apple for a snack (which I never ate), and a calcium chew. I love getting my vitamins in a little hunk of chocolate that tastes like a brownie!  (Side note: Boyfriend’s lunch was a sandwich on whole grain made with last night’s tasty turkey leftovers.)

I finished up orientation around 2PM and decided to stop by to see one of my favorite people, whom I was supposed to have lunch with today until I found out at the last minute I had orientation. I brought her some Starbucks since I had to ditch her last minute, and we got to chat and catch up for a couple hours.  She was beautiful as ever, and I’m really glad I decided to go see her! 🙂

Now I’m home and its time to fix dinner. I’m making Chicken (non)Marsala with a simple salad and leftover green beans from last night, and a potato for Chris.

I’ll be back tomorrow for a how to of tonight’s dinner (and maybe the pizzas I made the other night) and the Weekly Workout Wrapup.

Have a great night, and safe 4th of July weekend!

 

Amber

PS: A big shout out and thank you to everyone who stops by to check out my little blog, subscribes to my little blog, or just keeps coming back! 🙂

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A Tasty Turkey

Hi there!

Today we went on another quest to find work shirts, and finally had success! The shirt I found fit me like it was made specially for my body, and was comfy even though it’s a button down dress shirt. I bought it in two colors, and I’ll be on the lookout for more shirts from that brand since they fit so well!

When we stopped to get gas before the prices jumped 15 cents here like they did in Springfield, we went inside to get drinks. I love Gold Peak Sweet Tea, but when I checked the label it said there are 190 calories in the whole bottle!

 

I’ve never given any consideration to calories in my tea, but  now I’m paying attention to everything. Chris saw that they had a Diet option, so I decided to try that… Boyfriend is my hero!! 🙂

The diet version tastes just like the sweetened version, for zero calories! Chris even tried a drink of it, because he usually thinks that sugar-free versions of drinks taste funny, and he agrees it tastes just like the bottle he was drinking. I think we’ll both be buying Diet from now on!

This - 190 = This! 🙂

 

For lunch, we had Q’doba. I got the Chicken Taco Salad, minus pretty much everything, haha! Basically I had romaine lettuce, fat-free picante ranch, grilled chicken, and fresh pico. It was so spicy and so fresh! They are really good about only chopping up the super green part of the romaine, so there isn’t any of the tasteless white part of the lettuce.

Once home, Boyfriend decided that today (the hottest day so far this summer, under a heat advisory) would be a good day to powerwash the deck and back of the house.

I decided to workout. I opted for an old DVD I’ve had for about 7 years, Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates.

It has three separate 10 minute workouts that target either your belly, butt, or thighs–I did all three. There is also a 10 minute total body workout option.  Afterward I was sweaty and burning, which felt good!

 

For dinner I decided to pretend it was Thanksgiving and roasted a turkey! To keep things simple, I bought a boneless turkey (you can also buy breast only, but Boyfriend likes dark and light meat) which is about three pounds and only takes about 1 1/2 hours in the oven.  It’s the perfect size for the two of us and leaves enough for leftovers.

Here’s how simple it really was:

Preheat your oven to 375, and line your roasting pan with aluminum foil. This makes clean up sooo much easier, because all the stuck on parts stick to that and not your pan!

Rinse your turkey and pat it dry, and lay it out on your lined baking sheet. Use your hands to rub all the surfaces down with a few tablespoons of butter (I use Country Crock Light) and about one tablespoon of olive oil, then salt and pepper it.

Stack all the parts back up: breast, then dark, and finally the skin.

Pop it in the oven for about an hour, and then take a peak at it. If the skin is golden and crispy, make a foil tent to cover it with to prevent over-browning. Let it roast for about another 2o minutes, checking it with a meat thermometer to make sure its 160 before you take it out.

When its done, take it out of the oven but leave the tent on it and let it rest at least 10 minutes before you slice into it. This lets the juices redistribute and makes it super moist. (Not to brag too much, but I’ve always been told I make the best turkeys that are super moist! Right, mom?)

When you’re ready, slice it up, plate it up, and enjoy!

We had ours with “fried” green beans, sliced whole grain bread, and Chris had mashed potatoes with gravy.

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This was a delicious dinner, if I do say so myself! 😉

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And cleaning the roasting pan was as easy as throwing this in the trash!

Now its time to prep lunch for tomorrow and relax, tomorrow is orientation for my new job!!

 

Amber

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Tuesday Tea

Today was one of those random days, where we did absolutely nothing but were gone all day so we must have done something, right?

Chris snapped this pic with his new phone this morning before we left.

First, we went to lunch at McAlister’s, so that Boyfriend could have sweet tea. I had the most delicious, fresh tasting, burn my mouth off salad! It was the Sweet Chipotle Chicken Salad, minus the tortilla strips and tortilla chips. I love that they serve the dressing on the side, because I can add the amount I want. The dressing is a Fat-Free Chipotle Peach, which is the perfect combo of sweet with a spicy after-kick! At first it doesn’t seem so spicy but, after eating an entire salad worth, my mouth was on fire! The salad was mixed baby greens and romaine, with tiny diced up cucumbers and tomatoes, and grilled chicken. I will definitely have that again!

Chris had sweet tea half a McAlister’s Club and bowl of potato soup, and said that was really good too!

After lunch we went to Springfield to mosey around. We decided to go look for shirts for me to wear to work, since I have a very specific color and style of shirts I will be allowed to wear, and comfy black shoes since I’ll be working 12 hour shifts. 

First stop was Marshalls, where I tried to convince Chris we should buy a super cute doggie bed, so we’d have to get a puppy… I failed, haha! We went to Best Buy after that to try to find him a mounting bracket for his truck for his phone that didn’t require suctioning to the window, sticking to the dash, or clipping in a vent… Yeah, those don’t exist!

I found the perfect shoes for work, at Shoe Carnival. They feel like I’m walking on gel, literally! I found them for $20 cheaper at Wal-Mart though, so I’ll be picking them up there.

After that we ended up at Target to look for super specific shirts, which they didn’t have. We DID find Chris’s mounting bracket though! It’s made to be a suction type, but its small enough that it fits into this random rectangular cutout his truck has in the dash.  After that, we found this super cool umbrella for the back deck. It’s the offset kind that the base sits in one place but the umbrella hangs wherever you want it to! It matches our house and décor perfectly, too.

We just finished eating dinner: grilled onion spiked hamburgers, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and steamed cabbage. 

 

The cabbage was super yummy and super easy:

Start with one head of cabbage.

 

Chop it up, and toss it in a huge skillet that’s lightly sprayed with Pam.

 

Season it with pretty much whatever you want (we used garlic salt and Nature’s Seasoning) then put the lid on it and cook it over medium heat.

 

Stir it every couple of minutes, and add a little water if you need to so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Once its soft, eat up!

 

Backtrack to last night… I told you I was going to pump some iron, which I debated actually doing after I signed off.  After a short debate with myself, I said, “Suck it up and do it, it’ll only take a few minutes!”   I decided to do upper body, and did 2 sets of 10 reps of each of the following:

  • Bicep Curls
  • Triceps Extensions
  • Chest Presses
  • Supine Flies
  • Bent Over Rows

I used a weight heavy enough make the last three reps tough and that I feel a good soreness today!

I also made the mushroom pizzas from BodyRock.tv, with a few modifications, so I think I’ll actually post what I did for you (just not tonight).

We rented a movie from Red Box, so time to watch that and snuggle on the couch!

I’ll leave you with the pics I took of the field across from our house. The entire field was filled with these blue flowers that had just bloomed!

Amber

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Alphabet Food

Good Monday morning! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I’ve seen this floating around the blog world, most recently on Megan’s blog, and thought I’d fill it out for fun. 

The ABC’s of Food

A is for Avocado: How do you like yours prepared?

  • Smashed up with fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, salt, and pepper for yummy homemade guacamole!

B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favorite type?

  • Even though I usually only eat whole grain, I LOVE sweeter varieties: Jiffy Corn Muffins, Panera’s Tomato Basil, and Mom’s Beer Bread!

C is for Chocolate: What is your favorite kind currently?

  • Any of it, haha! My absolute favorite though is moist chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, or molten chocolate cake! I love warm melty chocolate!

D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?

  • Either powdered and raspberry jelly filled, or chocolate iced and pudding filled. But I stay away from them because I could eat 5 and still be hungry an hour later!

E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?

  • Scrambled with onions or an omelet full of veggies.

F is for Falafel: Yay or nay?

  • I’ve never had it…

G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?

  • Wal-Mart and occasionally we pick up produce at the Farmer’s Market.

H: is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?

  • Coffee/espresso. We brew Starbucks House Blend at home, and I add Splenda and Coffee-Mate Sugar Free French Vanilla for pure yumminess! I also drink more than my fair share of Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks in the fall.

I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

  • Does a brownie concrete from Andy’s Frozen Custard count?

J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavour?

  • I only really like Smucker’s Simply Fruit, and only strawberry or blackberry. Please do not try to feed me grape, yuck!

K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?

  • Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

L is for Lunch: What was yours today?

  • Well we haven’t gotten there yet, but it will be a spinach salad with grilled chicken and dried onions, and hopefully a good salad dressing!

M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

  • I always make my oatmeal using the microwave to heat the water, but other than that I usually just use it for re-heating food that’s already been cooked.

N is for nutrients: Do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?

  • Can’t we all just get along?!?

O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?

  • Always EVOO.

P is for protein: How do you get yours?

  • Chicken, chicken, and more chicken! Eggs or peanut butter at breakfast, with the occasional beef or fish option one or two nights a week.

Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats?

  • Hot with peanut butter = creamy goodness! Also like them as breakfast cookie dough cereal, a la Fitnessista and in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

R is for roasting: What is your favorite thing to roast?

  • A mixture of squash, zucchini, onions, and potatoes.

S is for sandwich: What’s your favorite kind?

  • Toasted whole grain bread, with lettuce, tomato, turkey or chicken, and miracle whip light or mustard.

T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?

  • It depends on the situation. I try to eat as normally as possible whether I’m at home or away, but sometimes I can’t always do that. Recently we were having dinner at my mom’s house, and I asked what she planned to fix. I forget what the meat was, but the sides were potatoes and corn. Uh, Mom, what about veggies?  She broke out a bag of fresh brocoli and cauliflower for me! (Thanks, Mom! 🙂 ) I’m the most lenient on vacation, because we usually eat at places we don’t have around home so I tend to splurge and eat what sounds the best, which still usually consists of a good balance of veggies and lean meat.  I always make sure to drink lots of extra water too, because something about traveling just messes with my body.

U is for unique: What are some of the unique foods that you like?

  • Um…  I don’t know that I really have any?

V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?

  • I usually don’t, because I eat a pretty balanced diet. I try to take half (they make me sick to my stomach) a multivitamin every night with dinner, but I usually forget. I do eat Caltrate Calcium+D chews every day though!

W is for Wiener Schnitzel: Do you ever recreate this traditional Czech food?

  • I’ve never had it–is it like a hot dog? 

X is X-RAY: If we x-rayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

  • My morning cups of coffee!

Y is for Youth: What foods remind you of your childhood?

  • Little Debbie’s snack cakes–definitely how the madness started.  Hamburger Helper and Nanny’s biscuits and gravy and chocolate chip cookies.

Z is for Zucchini: How do you prepare it?

  • Either roasted in the oven (see above) or sliced like pickle spears and grilled.

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